Grayson’s Story: End Childhood Cancer

Grayson with David Shook, MD, medical director of Florida Hospital for Children’s pediatric bone marrow transplant program, who performed his life-saving stem cell transplant.

A tornado in your brain. That’s what it feels like when a doctor tells you the four ugly words: Your child has cancer. Since Valentine’s Day 2015, we have been on a roller coaster of emotions, fighting for our son’s life. After finding a golf-ball sized lump on his neck, our then 10-year old son, Grayson, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Grayson ringing the bell on May 22, 2017, signaling the end of his cancer treatment.

Over the course of two years, his treatment included a battery of tests, scans and X-rays, surgery, multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and a stem cell transplant. Thanks to the highly skilled medical team at Florida Hospital for Children and the courage of our son, Grayson has beaten his cancer twice. On May 22, 2017, he finally got to ring the bell signaling the long-awaited end of treatment and the quieting of the tornado in our brains.

We wish our story were rare. Sadly, Grayson is one of the 15,780 children who are diagnosed with cancer every year. The disease affects many, yet the funding is lacking. According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer receives more research funding than all childhood cancers combined. With your help, we can change this.

Carl and Michelle Zrelak of Longwood
Parents of Grayson Zrelak, age 12


Join the fight against childhood cancer and help provide hope and better treatment options for kids like Grayson. Visit one of 32 participating Central Florida Chick-fil-A® restaurants during the month of September to purchase this special cow, whose net proceeds will benefit the courageous kids fighting cancer at Florida Hospital for Children.

For more information, including participating Chick-fil-A locations, visit

This entry was posted in Activities and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.